I think it's a perfect age. In my opinion, if you wait till your child shows all the "readiness signs" that are so popular these days, you may miss a good window of opportunity. Shortly after two, power struggles start playing a bigger role in your relationship. My daughter trained at 19 months. She'd hide when she was about to poop in her diaper, but if she even noticed when she peed, she didn't let on. We told her she was going to start using the potty, got her a potty chair (and a ring, which she ended up liking better but we didn't even try it at first), and a whole bunch of undies. The next day, diapers were gone. We left her in a shirt and undies, and she had about 15 pee pee accidents that first day. We'd rush her to the potty every time she started to pee, and remind her that pee goes there. We'd reward her every time even a little landed there. Day 2, 7 accidents. It took about a week before we were accident free.
at 2:12 PM on Oct. 11, 2009